Nokia on Thursday sent invitations to bloggers and the press for an event at which it will unveil at least one next-generation Lumia smartphone. “You are warmly welcome to join us in London on 14 May for the next chapter of the Lumia story,” the invitation said. Specific details about the upcoming announcement were not provided. Nokia is reportedly working on a number of new Windows Phone handsets that will debut in 2013, including the Lumia 928 and a phablet with a screen that measures between 5 and 6 inches diagonally. An image of Nokia’s invitation follows below. More →
For those who followed Nokia closely in the past decade, some of Tim Cook’s comments are starting to trigger a weird sense of dislocation. “Our competitors have made some significant tradeoffs in many of these areas to ship a larger display. We would not ship a larger display iPhone while these tradeoffs exist.” Is this Apple’s CEO in 2013 or Nokia’s CEO in 2007? The strongest parallel is in the weird way both companies started fighting the consumer preference for larger displays at the peak of their profitability… and then dug in as margins began eroding rapidly. More →
Nokia on Wednesday launched a WhatsApp phone that includes unlimited WhatsApp messaging rolled into the retail price. And the retail price is just $72. The Asha 210 has a dedicated WhatsApp button that gives instant access to the service. This is a bold move, since it effectively means the hardware is specifically designed to draw consumers away from SMS services, which are very lucrative for emerging market carriers. This move is the opening salvo in Nokia’s new bid to revive the flagging fortunes of its Asha feature phone line with new software features. More →
It’s been a long wait for Verizon subscribers who double as Nokia fans, but they’re finally going to get a flagship Lumia phone on their network. Bloomberg reports that Nokia and Verizon have finalized a deal to bring the upcoming Lumia 928 flagship smartphone to Verizon’s network sometime later this year. An unnamed source confirms with Bloomberg that the Lumia 928 features “a metal body, 4.5-inch touch screen, 8-megapixel camera and wireless charging” and will be the first flagship Lumia to be sold exclusively by Verizon. Earlier leaked images of the Lumia 928 show that the device will also feature a PureView camera, Carl Zeiss optics and a xenon flash.
Verizon Wireless subscribers are still waiting for a flagship Lumia smartphone, but the wait may have been worth it. According to leaked images published on Friday by “evleaks,” an anonymous Twitter user who has a solid track record when leaking images and details surrounding unannounced smartphones, the Nokia Lumia 928 is currently being prepped for launch on the nation’s top carrier. The leaked press shots reveal a phone that still looks quite thick and bulky, like its predecessor, but it also appears to feature a PureView camera, Carl Zeiss optics and a xenon flash. Branding on the handset confirms 4G LTE compatibility and there also appears to be an upgraded speaker on the back of the phone. No launch details have been confirmed at this time. More →
Images said reveal an upcoming Nokia Lumia smartphone appeared on the popular Chinese social network Sina Weibo earlier this week. The images, which have been confirmed as authentic by WPCentral, show an improved design with an aluminum case, a shift away from the traditional polycarbonate cases of past Lumias. The upcoming handset is said to be equipped with a 4.5-inch display, a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor and an 8.7-megapixel rear camera. Other specs are rumored to include 16GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM and a 2,000 mAh battery. The smartphone will reportedly be announced on May 15th for a late June release date on T-Mobile. A second image follows below. More →
Nokia’s first-quarter earnings report sent the stock tumbling on Thursday morning, but Windows Phone fans still got some good news. According to a report from The Financial Times, Nokia is developing at least three new high-end smartphones that will launch later this year and will represent Nokia’s latest effort to “revitalize” its handset business. The first is a Windows Phone phablet, which FT reports will have a display measuring between 5- and 6-inches diagonally. In addition, the report claims Nokia plans to launch a Lumia handset with a 40-megapixel PureView camera as well as a “more advanced” version of the Lumia 920. No other details or launch timing were noted in the report.
In the spring of 2012, Nokia started rolling out a broad new range of Asha feature phones and managed to astonish Wall Street for a couple of quarters. The phones actually sold. Priced at 60-90 euros, they were cheaper than even cheapest Android smartphones and had a sleek, glossy new look. They offered many advanced features like downloadable games and great email support. For a while, Nokia enjoyed an Indian summer — feature phone ASP only declined by -3% during the third quarter in 2012. More →
Nokia on Thursday reported its earnings results for the first quarter, during which it narrowed its losses but saw revenue and handset volumes plummet. The Finnish cell phone vendor posted a loss of -$0.03 per share, beating the Street’s EPS expectations of -$0.05, but revenue fell 20% from the year-ago quarter to $7.6 billion. Wall Street was expecting $8.61 billion in Q1 revenue. Where handset sales are concerned, Nokia’s Lumia Windows Phone shipment volume climbed to 5.6 million units from 4.4 million in the prior quarter, but overall handset volume dove 30% to 61.9 million units. In North America, Nokia shipped just 400,000 phones, down from 700,000 in the holiday quarter. Nokia shares slid more than 12% on the news.
T-Mobile on Tuesday announced the upcoming availability of the budget-friendly Nokia (NOK) Lumia 521 smartphone. The low-end device is equipped with a 4-inch 800 x 480-pixel display, a dual-core 1GHz processor and a 5-megapixel rear camera. The handset also includes 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, HSPA+ 21Mbps connectivity and the Windows Phone 8 operating system. The Lumia 521 is scheduled to be released in May and will be available in Walmart (WMT), T-Mobile and Microsoft (MSFT) retail stores. Pricing information was not announced, although Nokia previously said that the device will cost around $180 without carrier subsidies.
Consumers interested in a Windows Phone device have a few options to choose from. HTC (2498) offers the Windows Phone 8X and Windows Phone 8S, while Samsung (005930) has the ATIV S smartphone. None of these devices, however, can match the popularity of Nokia’s (NOK) flagship Lumia line. WPCentral points us to new data from AdDuplex showing that the Lumia 920 has just slightly surpassed the Lumia 800 to become the most popular smartphone running Microsoft’s (MSFT) mobile operating system. In fact, AdDuplex found that Nokia accounts eight of the top 10 most popular Windows Phone devices, with HTC accounting for the remaining two. As for operating system version, Windows Phone 7 was found to account for 57% of worldwide usage, compared to 43% from Windows Phone 8.
The first mobile phone call was placed 40 years ago. So on Wednesday, we were treated to several “History of the Mobile Phone” articles by American journalists, most of them orgies of chauvinism and astonishing nationalistic bias. One pure product of this navel-gazing genre is the Wired magazine piece called “The 12 Cellphones That Changed Our World Forever.” In the revisionist history of the mobile phone, the actual nature of the device is obscured completely. More →
Does the world really need another “phablet?” Maybe not, but that doesn’t mean it would be a bad idea for Nokia (NOK) to release an oversized smartphone of its own. In an interview with Bloomberg, IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo says that big-screen devices are “a trend that can’t be missed” because “people are using smartphones in different ways now, consuming media by streaming over faster mobile networks.” CCS Insight research director Ben Wood similarly thinks that “phablets” are an important trend and tells Bloomberg that “Nokia needs to make sure they don’t miss the boat” by not building one of their own. More →